The Sydney fairytale house sale

The Sydney fairytale house sale

Some homes are much more than a place to stay, they have a character and personality all their own.

Take the address that is 31 Trappers Way, Avalon Beach. It sounds so ordinary but this quiet and lush spot on Sydney’s northern beaches has been loved and lived in by a string of creative owners and it has developed its own patina of imagination and creativity.

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The floor of the original art studio for instance in covered in layers of paint from numerous projects, and several artists.

Previous owners of this estate, consisting of a house and two cabins, have included a top fashion photographer and a blacksmith, who wrought the official coat of arms that adorn Parliament House in Canberra.

Hugh Stewart was a photographer for Vogue and he used to rave about the even light when he owned the property.

Before him a potter and a sculptor found peace and inspiration in the grounds.

The house was one of the first to be built in Trappers Way and its builders ensured the property had an outstanding position, taking in extensive views over Pittwater.

The main house is set over two levels and features a kitchen, bathroom and spacious light-filled living area on the top floor, finished off with a sandstone fireplace, raked ceilings and classic timber floors.


Nearby, a shed has been restored and converted into an impressive self-contained studio. Plus there is a second studio at the bottom of the garden for artistic types to completely immerse themselves in their latest project.

After such artistic owners it was only fitting that the most recent owners were also drawn to the character, light. and charm of this home. And even their surname conjures up a picture of fairy tales.

Tracey Andersen is an artist and at a recent exhibition she featured a piece, Gum Leap Mandalas, inspired by the Trappers Way gum leaves.

Stephen Andersen renovated the old art studio in the back garden turning it into a romantic cabin with timber floor, recycled Oregon wood and bohemian loft bed.

“The fireplace was built from a huge rock that sat in its place,” said Mr Andersen.

“The Basalt Blue stone rocks used on the property came from the ballast of grain ships that came up this way, in the old days,” he added.

The property faces east for beautiful morning light, the large block of 1252sqm is full of bird life from King Parrots, Corellas and Powerful Owls and the street has a special character of its own with a street library and Christmas get-togethers.

The clutch of three buildings on one title came to market mid January with a guide of $1.9 million.

Greg Griffin, of Belle Property Avalon, said the house with two other dwellings on title attracted great interest the moment it was listed and a local buyer snapped it up.

So like all good fairytales it has a happy ending. The property sold in ten days for well over $2 million to new owners who will honour the artistic pedigree of the home.

Everyone will live happily ever after.

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